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Yes - definitely: KateB , Vickster, sue c, SheilaB, Flat cap (Mike), JohnH, Kath_T, Rachael234, Snow White, Kate H, Philtheetiler, EileenH, Helen 1
Yes - maybe: Catwalker, TJN, MP, SteveRoamingBiker, Bea (Pebbles), Chilled Bean, jakcm, Chris50, suz (Suzanne), going4gold, Tracy (no 'e'!), Montie, Birdsong, Janhk, Lazlo Woodbine, Walking On, andy m
Sorry - can't come: busyBee

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Vickster   on 28/09/21 @ 22:51 said:

This sounds like a great week John. Thank you for pulling it together.

Lazlo Woodbine   on 29/09/21 @ 9:31 said:

Nice work John. Need to do a bit more research before I can commit.

JohnH   on 29/09/21 @ 15:21 said:

Please note the change to bookings at Middletons Camp site above.

Walking On   on 29/09/21 @ 16:31 said:

Road cycling is great there too, either the whole island loop (56 miles iirc, with cafes en-route) or shorter loops using the two cross-island roads in the southern half. Camped at Lamlash last time I was there.

JohnH   on 29/09/21 @ 16:50 said:

Aye, the island is very popular with cycling clubs, I've come off the early morning ferry on a summers weekend and there's easily up to 100 cyclists coming off. The great thing about that is the local traffic is very aware of cyclists and they treat them with the due respect.

busyBee   on 29/09/21 @ 20:21 said:

Looks fantastic John, I'll check getting time off.. cycling, walking, paddle boarding. .

KateB    on 29/09/21 @ 23:18 said:

Would anyone be interested in a shared cottage/airbnb?

andy m   on 30/09/21 @ 9:14 said:

I stayed at the lochranza camp site last week, for 2 nights! After a island hop, road trip to oban! My first time there, but I decided then, a need a week there! Great information, and local knowledge John! Hope I can join! Cheers

JohnH   on 30/09/21 @ 9:34 said:

Andy M, aye, once you've been to Arran once you need to go back, it will be great id you can join us.
My first trip to Arran was in 1968, it was our High School trip and we climbed Goatfell, I still can picrure it!!! And IO've been back many times since.

Kate H   on 30/09/21 @ 10:17 said:

KateB would I

Kate H   on 30/09/21 @ 10:18 said:

Kate H: I mean I would like a shared cottage or similar 🙂

JohnH   on 30/09/21 @ 11:34 said:

Kate H and KateB, there are the Auchrannie Self Catering Lodges on the outskirts of Brodick, phone number 01770 302020. I haven't stayed in them but from the website they look pretty good.
But as I've said before when you're on the island you're never that far away.

JohnH   on 30/09/21 @ 11:37 said:

This morning I made a booking for SheilaB at Middletons Camping (01770 600251) and they were very receptive to take a back page (a list for next year) booking. Also when I said it was the "John Harris" group he didn't even bother with a phone number.
The site has really good reviews and a full range of facilities and pitches.

jakcm   on 30/09/21 @ 12:39 said:

Primarilly added my name to the list for a pitch. I have a Caddy camper. Will decided whether I take EHU or invest in a Solar setup. I'm from Cambs so will need to confirm time off/plan the drive. Could bring the bike or hire depending on the group day arrangements.

JohnH   on 30/09/21 @ 12:45 said:

Hi jakcm,
I'm certainly bring my bike, a cycle right round the island makes a great day out and there's lots ot tracks and trails for MTB.
There is also bike hire in Brodick.
Re a solar set up, remember it's the west coast of Scotland!!! You may not get a lot of sun!!!
I've a solar panel on the roof of my van but I've still gone for EHU.

jakcm   on 30/09/21 @ 14:03 said:

Ha ha John yes I will EHU. The Caddy is a recent purchase will get a bike rack sorted and a few trips in prior. Jacky

Snow White   on 30/09/21 @ 17:04 said:

I would be interested in sharing a cottage - either that or b&b 😎

Montie   on 30/09/21 @ 19:11 said:

Also happy to share lodge, cabin or chalet 🙂

Tracy (no 'e'!)   on 30/09/21 @ 19:35 said:

Love the idea John, I’m down as a possible and will confirm soon.

Bea (Pebbles)   on 30/09/21 @ 22:48 said:

Luv the sound of that but need to check a few things 🙂

SheilaB   on 01/10/21 @ 8:16 said:

Great invite. Count me in. I may not be able to come for the whole week but will definitely be there.

Lazlo Woodbine   on 01/10/21 @ 10:02 said:

I have contacted the Middleton's site about costs but they don't seem to want to reply. I at least have been able to get a cost for the ferry up until March (assume it will be a bit higher in May). Have you any ideas on the campsite cost John?

JohnH   on 01/10/21 @ 13:21 said:

Hi Lazlo,
So far I've found Middletons to be very helpful, if I remember correctly it was £20 per night for me in my campervan with electrical hook up. If it wasn't £20 per night it wasn't much more, it certainly wasn't an amount that made me reluctant to book.
Re the ferries there's quite a few ferries each day between Ardrossan and Brodick and if you register with Calmac they'll email you when the summer timetable and summer bookings are available. Especially travelling on a Wednesday getting a ferry shouldn't be a problem.
Hope that this helps, John.

Vickster   on 02/10/21 @ 12:48 said:

I’ve booked in to Middleton’s campsite this morning. Campervan with electric hook up is £18 per night.

SteveRoamingBiker   on 03/10/21 @ 17:38 said:

Sounds good - would probably take bike and camp/b&b so can cycle to meet up with others for walks etc. Never been to Arran but always thought it looks good 🙂

going4gold   on 06/10/21 @ 6:33 said:

Shared cottage would suit me … or youth hostel Kate (? Voucher ) Liz ??

jakcm   on 07/10/21 @ 18:55 said:

Seems I have a 3+ week break might have to take on the NW500 onward bound.. would be rude not too 😉

EileenH   on 19/10/21 @ 12:04 said:

I have booked onto Middleton's Camping, I too will probably carry on to do the NC500. Thanks for organising this, sounds like a great week. 😀

Philtheetiler   on 29/10/21 @ 22:47 said:

Hope I have copied this link about Arran correctly Tuesday 2nd. November

Bea (Pebbles)   on 02/11/21 @ 0:43 said:

Has anyone looked at sharing costs of an cottage yet...
Just goy back from Germany and trying to catch up with all the info above...😀

Flat cap (Mike)   on 16/11/21 @ 15:41 said:

Jan and I have booked an airbnb during this period. We plan to add a few days afterwards, first south of Oban, then on Ardgour

JohnH   on 16/11/21 @ 17:45 said:

Hi Mike,
That's great that you can both make it, let us hope that the weather will be kind to us.
Cheers, John.

going4gold   on 16/11/21 @ 19:33 said:

Hi Bea
Would be happy to look at a cottage

jakcm   on 24/11/21 @ 15:03 said:

John can you give a heads up when you might advise the ferry needs booking. Cheers

JohnH   on 24/11/21 @ 17:23 said:

Hi Jakcm,
We will need to wait for the summer timetable to come out and I'm not sure when that will be, but you can register with Calmac on their website:
Anyhoo, from Ardrossan to Brodick there's about 6 sailings each day so getting a ferry won't be a problem, however it is adviseable to book ahead.
When I find out when the summer time table comes out I'll put it on the site.
Cheers, John.

going4gold   on 26/11/21 @ 16:19 said:

Just realised the last two dates of this week clash with a D of E expedition I am leading but may come up for part of the week or shift my week to arrive sooner

JohnH   on 27/11/21 @ 8:18 said:

Hi Going4gold,
That's a pity about the clash of interests but all the activities (which I'll get round to listing in the new year) will be a day at a time, so you can join in when you can, I hope that you can make it for at least some of the time.
Cheers, John.

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